WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Bald men are more vulnerable to more severe coronavirus symptoms, scientists say.
- Brown University Professor publishes research findings that associate male hormones to increased disease severity.
- Health experts now focus on research studies about androgen regulation, hoping that this could slow down the virus.
Research has linked male hormones that cause hair loss to more severe reactions and the general vulnerability of patients to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This correlation is named “Gabrin sign,” after Dr. Frank Gabrin, the first US doctor to die from the virus.
Brown University Professor Carlos Wambier published research data that illustrates possible correlation between male pattern baldness and severe coronavirus symptoms.
“We really think that baldness is a perfect predictor of severity,” he told the Telegraph. “We think androgens or male hormones are definitely the gateway for the virus to enter our cells.”
Scientists continue to publish data on coronavirus cases, lay the groundwork for this hypothesis that androgens — male sex hormones like testosterone — increase disease severity. Research findings suggest that these hormones make men more vulnerable to coronavirus compared to women.
In Spain, one study conducted shows that 79% of coronavirus patients admitted to three Madrid hospitals with coronavirus were bald, according to the Telegraph. This study is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
While additional researches are needed to verify this hypothesis, these data could help explain the link between the male hormone and the virus, leading to treatments to test and treat patients. Scientists focus on research studies on androgen regulation, hoping that this could slow down the virus.
“Everybody is chasing a link between androgens … and the outcome of COVID-19,” Executive Vice President Howard Soule at the Prostate Cancer Foundation told Science magazine.
Source: New York Post